R.I.P. Heavy D

    Dwight Arrington Myers, aka Heavy D, died today at age 44 at around 1 p.m. after he was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital just about one hour earlier, according to TMZ

    An ambulance was called for the multi-talented Myers — who rapped, sang, produced, and acted — after he was apparently found unconscious in his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. But when paramedics arrived, he was speaking and conscious. He died shortly thereafter, however, of a currently unknown cause.

    Myers is perhaps best known as the former frontman for highly influential hip-hop/New Jack Swing group Heavy D and the Boyz. They had a number of hits over the years, including “Now That We Found Love,” “Mr. Big Stuff,” and “Is It Good to You?”, among others. The group and Myers’ larger-than-life persona were later referenced in numerous hip-hop tunes, most notably the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy.”

    But Myers would also go on to have a successful solo career. He scored tons of critical acclaim most recently with 2008’s reggae-heavy Vibes, his third solo album and eighth release overall. He even performed at this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards, during which he appeared perfectly healthy.

    You can watch a performance of “Now That We Found Love” below. R.I.P. Heavy D.